The site along Veterans Memorial Highway beginning at its intersection with Riverside Parkway is called The Boulevard.
Kibler and Yancey’s company, Northwest Georgia LLC, is working on the site with Robert Bogle, who last year renovated Armuchee Village into retail and office space and 310 units of climate-controlled self-storage.
The six acres in front of the stadium will be phase one of The Boulevard, Kibler said. He and Yancey own a total of 28 acres around the stadium, which will eventually be phases two and three.Site Plan
“The name came about because of Braves Boulevard,” Kibler said. “It seemed like a good match, and it also gives some style to the name for the entire development.”
“It will be absolutely the prettiest architecture in Rome,” Bogle said.
Kibler said he hopes to complete plans in time for construction to begin in summer. The partners are getting input from the city and county and the Rome Braves before seeking final planning approval.
They are scheduled to go before the Board of Adjustments Feb. 17 to seek variances to city guidelines. One variance would allow the site to have its sidewalk between the shops and the landscaping along Braves Boulevard. Kibler said it would be safer for children not to have the sidewalk next to the street.
Phase one will consist of five buildings that will be subdivided into shops and include two or three restaurants, Kibler said.
It ends next to the site that at one time was going to be the new home of Hooters. The developers are looking at re-acquiring that one-acre site as well (Kibler and Yancey sold it to a developer to build Hooters). If buying the site back is feasible, Kibler and Bogle said they would like a more family-friendly sports bar there.
The possibility of a Rome Hooters is in limbo. A corporate spokeswoman said last week the company is in talks with a current franchise owner about locating a Hooters in Rome at an undetermined site.